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Day of anti-silence

Posted by Philip on 11 June 2015, 6:41 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

12 June is the "Day of Silence", "a day of action in which students across New Zealand vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools."

At Epsom Girls Grammar School, however, 12 June will be a day of anti-silence. Students who are part of DIVINQ – a process targeted at senior students that I co-created with Jeannie Grant, which uses philosophical inquiry to explore the ways our identity is limited by assumptions, labels and fear of difference –will be taking a different tack.

We'll be shouting about bullying all over the school at lunchtime.

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Bullying has nothing to do with kids

Posted by Philip on 8 December 2011, 6:44 pm in , , , ,

I'm part of a team working on Pink Shirt Day 2012 and I've just been emailed links to these two wonderful videos by young gay men who have been targets of bullying. The second is a response to the first. Both these young men thought they were unique in their experience; in fact it was common.

As I've said before, they probably have more in common with the young people who were triggered to bully them than they'll ever know, too.

It's important to understand that these guys aren't the problem. Nor are the young people who were triggered to bully them. Schools are not the breeding ground for bullying.

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To choose or not to choose: is it our choice?

Posted by Philip on 20 May 2011, 11:22 am in , , , , ,

A road sign pointing to many directionsThis morning I posted this quote on my Facebook page:

”Your feelings are your response to what you are being, but your being is not a response to anything. It is a choice." Neale Donald Walsch.

It created a great conversation with Sam and Sharon within an hour, early even though it was. I thought I’d summarise it as a blog as I think it brings up interesting about the nature of choice and whether the belief that we lack choice is the cause or the result of hurtful circumstances.

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Responding to bullying through diversity

Posted by Philip on 23 March 2011, 12:21 pm in , , , ,

The recent Zangief/Haynes Australian bullying incident has been handled, as usual, appallingly by both Australian and New Zealand media. If it had been covered as a sports story it wouldn't have surprised me.

As I commented on Facebook, the media has only succeeded in reinforcing openly hostile male stereotypes and demonising kids. I find it pathetic and unethical. 

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